Me & My Muse Go To the Movies #7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Part II

Okay.  It’s been almost four days since we saw the movie.  Are we going to talk about it, or what?


Muse:  Yes.  I’m ready.

You slept in quite a bit today, didn’t you?  Until 1:00 in the afternoon if I can recall correctly…

Muse:  There’s a reason for that.  For the past few nights, I kept having these nightmares about Kylo Ren.  I was Rey, and I was cornered…then he minced me into pieces with his lightsaber…

*sigh*  Is that the only reason?

Muse:  Yes.  I know…It’s pretty dumb, isn’t it?  I have these dreams a lot in some of the mystery books that I read…

Well anyway, let’s get to the movie.

Let’s begin with first impressions.  What did you think of the beginning?  There was a scene where there was a dark transport filled with stormtroopers.  One of them looked a little suspicious.  This, I knew, since I saw some of the trailers…

Muse:  I loved the beginning.  The traditional title crawl, and the scene.  Seeing those stormtroopers set everything up for the beginning.  The First Order was about to attack.

After that, Poe meets with a village elder on Jakku to obtain a map to Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts.  Not to spoil much, the journey begins as the Resistance and the First Order begin looking for Luke.  Only with the map will they be able to find the last Jedi…

Muse:  Let’s get to the slight changes.  We need to remember an important thing.  Lucas doesn’t own the franchise anymore.  Disney does.  And with that being the case, I am watching them very closely.  Don’t screw it up.  Please…

It’s true that there is a change.  Disney didn’t go with the proposed draft for Episode VII that George Lucas had.  Even with that being the case, I feel like the story is pretty solid.

Muse:  And that’s all because of J. J. Abrams.  He deconstructed all the original Star Wars films and reassembled them, using the common elements that he found in each one.  He calls it his mystery box.

And I don’t find a problem with this.  After all, George Lucas is still the consultant for all things pertaining to the franchise.  It’s his child, and he doesn’t want Abrams or Disney to hurt him.

Muse;  Or her?  What if the Star Wars franchise is a girl?  Don’t be sexist.

I’m not.

Muse:  I was just kidding.  Getting back to the movie, I like Daisy Ridley.  I thought that it was good to have a female protagonist.

Let’s not forget John Boyega.  He was there to provide a balance to Rey’s character.  Also comedy relief.

Muse:  Ha ha.  Maybe a little.  I liked Finn.  Especially when he was a coward…

Yeah.  But maybe there’s more to Finn than being a coward, huh?  Touching a little more on the movie, it was a little different than Lucas’s proposed draft.  And if you want to know that, read the expanded universe.  In that timeline, Disney doesn’t consider that to be canon.

Muse:  I think that Disney wants to go a different direction with the story.  They know the fans, so they want to do this in a way that will not upset them.

And I think that they did a good job in achieving this balance.  Now the ending,  I really loved the ending.  Rey…

Muse:  Shhh!  Don’t mention the ending!  The Mystery Box is still closed for some people.

Very well.  This will be mostly spoiler-free.  But be fairly warned.  In my review for this movie, there will be spoilers.  Lots of them.  So much so that the review will be prefaced with a spoiler warning.

Muse:  That’s fine.  With having an informal discussion about the movie, I want to make sure that we don’t spoil it for everyone…But yeah.  The ending is really really good.  Tee hee!

Overall, I give the movie a 5 out of 5.  The movie is iconic, and the beginning of a new amazing chapter in the Star Wars franchise…

Muse:  5, huh?  That’s a little bit generous.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5.  For it to earn that extra .5 stars, it really has to grow on me.  And over time, it will.  I know that it will…

Thanks for your comments on the movie.  With that, I might have to see it again.

Muse:  See it again!  I think that I’m going to…And my Princess Leia dress needs to be washed.  It’s stained with popcorn seasoning from a few days ago.  See you tomorrow…

I’ll let you do that.

That’s it for the discussion.  Stay tuned for the review!

Until then, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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